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AirTalk Midterm Elections Interview: Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner

Ricardo Lara, Candidate for California Insurance Commissioner
Ricardo Lara, Candidate for California Insurance Commissioner

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The California state insurance commissioners race gets little attention, but it’s no small job.

Overseeing a $250 million budget and an office of 1,400 employees, the insurance commissioner of California is in charge of making sure companies play by the rules by enforcing insurance laws and investigating fraud.

The two final candidates running are former commissioner Steve Poizner and state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). Poizner held one four-year term previously as Republican and left the office for an unsuccessful run for governor in 2011. He is also no longer a member of the GOP but running as an independent. Lara is openly gay and won the endorsement of his party as the Democratic candidate for commissioner. He was elected to the Assembly in 2010, followed by the state Senate in 2012, and if elected he would be California’s first openly gay statewide official.

Today, we hear from Lara about his platform and plans for the state’s Department of Insurance. Call us at 866-893-5722 with your questions or comment below.

AirTalk has made repeated attempts to contact candidate Steve Poizner and invite him to join us on the air, but as of the airing of this segment we have not received any response from the Poizner campaign.

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Ricardo Lara, candidate for California Insurance Commissioner; he is a California Democratic Senator (D-Bell Gardens), who represents the 33rd Senate District, which encompasses Long Beach and portions of the Gateway Cities region; he tweets @RicardoLara4CA